Book Update #9

Working

I haven’t written a lot about the book recently, but I’ve gotten a few questions, so here’s a little update. The tentative release date for Bats or Swallows is October 15. I’ve been working on the edits off and on since May and just sent off my last batch of changes to Sacha, my lovely editor. The deeper I’ve gotten into the edits the more grateful I’ve become for the whole process. I mean, I know it’s an obvious thing, that that’s the point of editing, but, trust me, the book’s so much better now than it was a few months ago.

One thing I’ve learned about editing is that I’d expected to feel more clinical about it: cut this, expand that, tighten up a thought, fix some punctuation. And it was like that in a way, but there’s something about reading your work over and over and over again that leaves you feeling a little raw. When you have to analyze something you’ve made so closely, you can’t help questioning yourself, and not always in a good way. But then, at a certain point, you just have to let go. I’m not quite at that point – to just let the stories go, float away, bye bye, but I’m getting there. And, well, I don’t have much choice in the matter. Tying up some loose editing ends, typesetting, copyediting – all stuff that’s out of my hands.

So, instead of feeling neurotic about it, I’m just going to be excited. The book, it’s almost done! I’ll have more details to give you in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, I’m busy typing other things not related to Bats or Swallows and hoping that I’ll be lucky enough to get the chance to eventually edit these as well. Actually, who am I kidding, I’m just hoping that they come together into something at least quasi-coherent so that I can move on from the crappy first draft phase to the slightly-more-improved second draft phase. But that’s a long time coming.

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